Too young? In a shitty mood? Just didn't get it the first time? Movies or books that grew on you over time!
  1. Last Night at the Lobster by Stewart O'Nan
    I read this in my early 20s and felt underwhelmed. It was more slice of life than O expected. Three years later, I read it again and it hit me hard how good this book is and how O'Nan strictly looks at the people in this Red Lobster, only implicitly looking at how "corporate" effects those at the bottom first, since that's already a given.
  2. Raging Bull
    I thought it was okay, but boring. I still don't put it as high in Scorcese's canon as others do, I can think of at least seven better films, but I liked it way more upon repeat viewings.
  3. Bad Lieutenant
    The original. I remember just being astonished at what an uncompromising film this was and needed to see it again because of how intense it was. It's a masterpiece!
  4. No Country for Old Men
    The Coens made a good movie, but in 2007 I remember seeing 10 others that easily were better, from an Oscar perspective. I've seen it three more times since then and like it a lot more each time, but There Will Be Blood was still the better movie by a long shot.
  5. True Detective Season 2
    JUST KIDDING! This is still terrible and it's a TV show, so it doesn't qualify for this list. Just a good ol' fashioned cheap shot.
  6. Catcher in the Rye
    Read this in early middle school. "What's Holden's problem?" I wondered. Then I picked it up again freshman year of high school. Then I understood.
    Suggested by @jakebrandman
  7. Donnie Darko
    The first time I watched this movie my brain was like "????" the entire time but having rewatched it many times now I love it.
    Suggested by @ErinFlaherty